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The Red Wolves displayed dominance on the field against the Idaho Vandals Saturday, winning 48-24.
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Student Activities Center to begin construction in 2014 CAITLIN LAFARLETTE NEWS EDITOR
A new student activities center planned for construction in 2014 will be shared between several different groups across campus, including the football team, cheerleaders, band and intramural sports. The center was granted $11 million after a $27.7 million bond issue was approved by the A-State Board of Trustees on Sept. 20. The building will be a 78,000-square-foot, 100 yard indoor football field/space. It will be constructed where the current soccer field is, and the soccer field will be moved to the inside of the intercollegiate competition track facility. Russ Hannah, associate vice chancellor for finance, said the bond approved by the board was a student fee revenue bond, which is backed by tuition and fees. “There’s not a specific fee for this particular project,” Hannah said, but added the $3 per credit hour facility fee, although not specific to the center, will be put toward the project. In an email interview, Jeff Hankins, vice president for strategic communications and economic development, said the Student Activities Center is different from the athletic facility that was proposed last year, which would have includ-
ed a strength and conditioning center and sports medicine center. “We pursued a different approach after seeing examples at the University of Oregon, the University of Nebraska, the University of Wyoming and Boise State University,” Hankins said. Hankins said the facility will serve not only the Athletics Department, but also intramurals, club sports, the band, dance team, cheerleaders and other student activities. He said the facility will differ from the Red W.O.L.F. Center with its wide-open indoor space that can accommodate field sports teams and the band, as opposed to a fitness facility with basketball courts and exercise equipment. “We’ll do social events in there as well,” Terry Mohajir, athletic director, said. Mohajir said the building will be a large, open space to do different activities. “We’re one of the only schools in the nation who will be sharing access (with the student body),” he added. Operating hours for the facility have not been set yet, but Mohajir said certain groups or sports could have it reserved for certain time slots, and students would have access after those reserved times. Mohajir added the feedback over the project has been fantastic, yet there have been
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different views from others across campus. Gary Albright, retired director of intramurals, said he feels the facility will only be available for the football team. “They supposedly had the money to build it when Malz-
ahn (was here),” Albright said. Albright said he didn’t know what the center would be used for during the rest of the day, and he added he supports the student body, whose fees will go toward the building. “You don’t have an option
HSS gets much needed funding BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER
Saturday, Gov. Mike Beebe announced the presentation of an additional $4 million from the Arkansas General Improvement Fund to A-Sate for the continued construction and completion of the Humanities and Social Sciences building (HSS). The HSS, located in the heart of the A-State campus, will be the new home for the departments of Criminology, Sociology and Geography; English and Philosophy; History; Political Science; and World Languages and Cultures, according to a press release. The state apportionment, coupled with the $15.7 million bond contract approved by the Board of Trustees in September, puts the project on track for completion in fall 2015. The homecoming weekend announcement was especially appropriate for Gov. Beebe, who graduated from the A-State humanities and social sciences college with a degree in political science in 1968. Lauri Umansky, dean of humanities and social sciences, said, “This building will allow us to continue to offer the high quality education Gov. Beebe received in political science, and that hundreds of other students have received as well.” “We are beyond pleased to have a building of grandeur and beauty to house that education in,” Umansky said. In the dedication of the check, Beebe
to say, ‘I don’t want to pay for this,’” he said. Justin Bowman, a junior agricultural business major of Gosnell, said he has mixed feelings about the new student activities center. “It may be resourceful for
most students, (but) to others it may just be an added cost in tuition,” Bowman said. “If the students want to get behind something they don’t think is correct, they need to send their concerns to the administration,” Albright said.
have here,” Clark said. “They didn’t look at the university. They didn’t look at the surrounding communities. They looked at the raw number of officers that we have commissioned over the last five years, 10 years and three years and they measured them against certain standards.” Clark said he didn’t know what those standards are, and also mentioned the decision was made at a national level, but the school and administrators were actively doing their best to have the decision reversed. “This assignment is normally a three-year tour of duty,” Clark said. “Since I arrived in the summer of 2011, ordinarily I would have been reassigned to another job sometime next summer. However, even before the program’s closure was announced earlier this month I had requested and been granted a one-year extension through the summer of 2015. I will likely be reassigned someplace in one of the combatant command J2 Intelligence Directorates or to the Army or ROTC, 4
A-State ROTC fate still up for discussion STAFF WRITER
Sarah Thompson | Staff Photographer Governor Mike Beebe presents Arkansas State University with a check worth $4 million for the completion of the Libetal Arts Building.
said, “More than the view, more than the bricks and mortar, more than all that, the learning that will go on inside this building will be the ultimate testament of the value of this facility.” Charles Welch, ASU system president; Tim Hudson, ASU-Jonesboro chancellor; Lynita Cooksey, provost; and Lauri Umansky, dean of the college of humanities and social sciences, accepted the check from Gov. Beebe. “It’s making a dream come true,” Cooksey said. “The money provided today will
provide a first-class learning environment for Arkansas State University students.” Umanisky said, “We are deeply grateful, we have waited so long for money to become available.” “There’s nothing like putting humanities and social sciences, which are the foundation of the university, front and center and at the heart of the campus,” Cooksey said. According to a press release, the 120,000-square-foot Humanities and Social Sciences Building is a $36 million project.
News: Second language, 3 Opinion: Chalk Talk: Barbara Warner, 2
With the ROTC program set to close in 2015, much of the community has expressed disappointment. However, the most affected are the instructors and students of the ROTC program itself. Lt. Col. Cecil Clark, professor of military science, said he was shocked when he received the news. “(It) took me completely by surprise,” Clark said. After going on his third year as a part of the ROTC program, Clark said he thought the program would “go on forever.” “As an instructor, I’m disappointed. As an Army officer, I kind of understand the ‘big Army’s’ strategy with having to move resources around to meet their goals. So I understand what the Army is trying to accomplish,” Clark said. “Specifically the Army looked at 10 years, five years and three years and all they did was look at data. They made it clear that they didn’t consider all of the resources that we
Opinion: Generation Y is generous, 2 Sports: Homecoming win, 4
Generation Y, generation generous Generation Y may be best known for our tech-savvyness, our ability to fight the status quo work environment and lack of fear of expressing our minds. Our generation is known for our desire to spend less time at work and more time living. We are more interested in food, wine and travel than our parents and we don’t want to spend our whole lives working. Even when we are working we tend to buck expectations of attire and the traditional authority structure. The truth is we would love to be our own bosses. This sharp contrast from older generations has help label us immature, obstinate towards authority and a generation that does not know when to shut up. Although critics are easy to label the Y generation by our weakest attributes, the trend may be turning around. It turns out that even with our lack of respect for traditional authority structures we have found our way to the top. According to the Fidelity Millionaire Outlook Study, generation Y has not only made more money than our baby boomer parents and grandparents, but also made it a lot faster. What a surprise this must be for older generations who find the app-loving, cellphone addicts, twenty-something’s annoying. To outpace and outscore our grandparent’s millionaires is an exciting feat, but these stats are just one part of the scorecard. More exciting than our ability to become millionaires quickly is what we do with all the wealth accumulated. The Fidelity Millionaire Outlook Study reports, that younger millionaires donate on average $54,000 compared to the Baby Boomers who donate just $12,000 on average. Above monetary contributions, Generation Y also volunteer and serve on more boards for charity. The report says that 82 percent of Generation Y and X millionaires volunteer or serve on boards of charity compared to just 49 percent of the Baby Boomers before us. Although not all of us our millionaires, and many of us won’t be, it is a promising characteristic of our generation that we are willing to give back. Maybe, generation Y will be remembered for being stubborn at work but not when it comes in helping others. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.
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Furlough. A word with little meaning before the government shut down, and as we enter week two of the fiscal year with still no federal budget, furlough is a word that is often brought up by legislators and media alike. But what does it really mean? For my hometown, it means no access to the Yellowstone National Park. Tourism is a major source of revenue for my town, as well as the state of Wyoming, and thousands of tourists are being forced to head back home. However, Wyoming is not the only place that is feeling the effects of the shutdown. The effects depend on who you are. For federal government employees, it means having no work and no pay. And when the government can give them work, it does not guarantee that they will receive any back pay. And if they do receive compensation, it will most likely be over a long period of time with no interest. For veterans, it means not being able to see monuments
Rachel Bjornestad is a junior RTV major of Powell, Wyo. commemorating their hard work and sacrifice. And when they attempt to, it means punishment by being imprisoned, much like what some of them faced during their time of service. For anyone who eats food from a grocery store, it will soon mean food quality is in danger. The FDA is currently on hiatus, which means if an outbreak of contaminated food were to occur, nothing would be able to stop it, or trace it to its origin For the federal government, it means a possible loss
Barbara Warner, Assistant Professor of Political Science Speaking on the goverment shutdown When the shutdown in 1995/1996 happened, I was a legislative aide to Congresswomen Patricia Schroeder, a Democrat from Colorado. In the earlier shutdown, the debt limit was not an issue. Most people didn’t even know what it was because Congress just raised it as a matter of course. The economy was doing well. And it was the beginning of the technology boom. Unemployment was low, and there were optimistic outlooks for growth. What are some common misconceptions about the debt ceiling and government shutdown? The debt ceiling is a complex, abstract concept, so it’s easy for politicians and others to manipulate people’s understanding of it and use that for political purposes. It’s not permission for the President to go on a spending spree. It is simply permission for the government to pay for things to which Congress and the President have already agreed, purchased or legally obligated themselves to do. What lessons have we learned that could be applied to this shutdown? In the earlier shutdown, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, and President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, were a lot more open to compromise. They had a good relationship, and they were in regular communication. There were more moderates in Congress who could come to an agreement. Compromise has now become a dirty word. (Try running your family like that.)
What do you believe is the most significant consequence, positive or negative, of a government shutdown? A lot of things don’t get funded, people feel like the government is not functioning, and our world standing as the economic power takes a big hit. We start to look like a ThirdWorld economy that can’t run itself. We don’t look like a solid investment. Some may not want to buy as many government bonds to finance our debt. Tourism is down, small businesses can’t get loans, federal contractors, which play a large part in how government operates, are getting furloughed and business may cut back on staffing. But there are many, many other ripple effects, especially as this goes on longer.) Do believe that government shutdowns have become a standard legislative tool for Congress? I hope not. We seem to be in a particularly bad period politically. And this is not the first time we have seen Congress use the debt ceiling as a negotiating tool. Linking it to the shutdown has the potential for economic disaster. And they are only being linked for political leverage. They don’t have to go hand in hand. What hope do you have for this shutdown to be resolved, and how quickly do you think it could take place? This is a movable feast, so I have no predictions. The Republicans are polling poorly, so this may spur action. There are sporadic talks. This is a very fluid situation.
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of influence on the rest of the world. Other countries can easily discredit a nation that can’t take care of itself, much less the decisions of the world. And for those wanting to leave the country, it means, most likely, not getting a passport in time to do so. During the last shutdown, thousands of passports went unprocessed. In all reality, the government shutdown affects everyone, not just government employees. And it will continue to do so as congress is still not willing to compromise. Can we even imagine a shut down like this on any other scale? What if an Arkansas State University shutdown happened because administrators couldn’t decide on a budget
before the semester started? Classes would be cancelled, as teachers would be furloughed, much like current government employees. Extreme measures would be taken to keep anyone from enjoying campus landmarks. Administrators, who would still be getting paid, would refuse to talk to each other to find a solution and open up the school. Would this be a school you would want to attend? One you would be willing to spend your money on? Bottom line, a shutdown of any school would cause the University to quickly lose its credibility. And in the case of the United States Government, the reaction worldwide is no different.
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Are you kidding me? Can you be serious? These are two questions that I had when I began reading the article concerning building a Student Activity Center at Arkansas State University. Upon reading the article I came to the conclusion that the students are funding a Red Wolf Athletic Practice Facility. It seems to me that if the Athletic Department needs an indoor practice facility then they should get out and raise the funds instead of making the students pay an additional $3 per semester hour fee to build this facility and finish the construction of the Liberal Arts Building. The students are currently paying $7 per hour fee for the Red Wolf Center and $17 per hour for an athletic fee. From what I have been told, the Student Activity Center will be available for Intramural use from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. If this is a Student Activity Center being paid for with student funds, then it should be available any time it is open. Question - if students want to use the facility and athletics want to use the facility at the same time, who gets to use the facility? Should it not be the students who are paying for it? I read where Rick Stripling was quoted as saying that intramurals had to shut down from November to March. Has he ever looked at the intramural Schedule? You will notice that Intra-
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murals follows the weather seasons; they schedule outdoor sports during the warmer months and indoor sports during the colder months. This is not rocket science, only common sense which seems to be lacking in the reasoning for the construction of the “Student Activity Center” being built with student money. I wonder if the Board of Trustees really has the best interests of the students when they pass these resolutions. Maybe they need to remember when they were students and if tuition was “X” dollars then that was the cost to go to school, but today it is “X” dollars plus numerous additional fees. If the trustees come to any athletic events at ASU then they should be able to tell that students do not attend the games in large numbers. This should give you a clue as to how they feel about funding another athletic expenditure. Why not have a student vote on matters such as this? If the majority of those voting say ‘Yes’ then it would pass, and those not voting could only blame themselves. I hope the ASU students bring these concerns to their Student Senate representatives and stop this before it is too late.
Written by Gary Albright, Emeritus Director of Intramurals.
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ROTC, Continued Joint Intelligence staff at the Pentagon.” The students in the ROTC program are also upset about the decision to end the program. William Kazyak, a senior of Manila, said he has been a part of the program since the beginning of the semester but was taking physical training last semester. The music performance major said he doesn’t have plans to join any branch of the military unless needed, but said he enjoys taking the classes to learn about the Army. Kazyak said he is disappointed and believes the ROTC program is already “pretty visible,” but suggested
writing congressmen to ask them to support the program at A-State and to encourage them to reverse their decision. Josh McCormick, a sophomore creative media production major of Jonesboro, said he is dismayed about the judgment. Unlike Kazyak, McCormick said he was already a member of the National Guard and was attending college solely for the ROTC program. Now McCormick said he fears this may mean transferring. “Any kind of support that can be put out there needs to help,” McCormick said. He and others in the program believe the decision can be overturned and the program can potentially be saved.
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Department of world languages provides ‘variety of options’ to multilingual students BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER
For many students, foreign language requirements form just another block on their degree plan. But what about those students who already speak a second language? Do requirements for their major trump existing language experience? Not always, said Yvonne Unnold, chair of the department of world languages and cultures, which offers coursework in Spanish, French and German. “We have a variety of options to suit every student’s needs,” Unnold said. A student may be extremely proficient in a language other than English, yet simply lack college credit hours demonstrating their capabilities. However, it is possible for a multilingual student to be recognized for their language proficiencies without retaking coursework for which they are already qualified. According to information released by the department of world languages and cultures, students may qualify for a language requirement exemption or college coursework equivalency if, in addition to speaking fluent English: They are fluent in a widely spoken language, as opposed to a local, demographically specific language They can produce satisfactory evidence that they have previously completed university-level coursework in their alternate language, and Their major requirement checklist does not mandate coursework in a specific language different from their existing language experience. Second language requirements are highly individualized across different disciplines, Unnold said, and students should always confer with their academic advisors when evaluating language requirements. These guidelines for requirement waivers could be especially helpful for international or exchange students,
for whom English is often already a second language. Wenyi Li, a senior from China, was able to demonstrate satisfactory mastery of his native language to be exempt from additional language course requirements for his major, mathematics. “I was the first international student in this major, so the director had to ask (about language requirements),” Li said. Li worked with the director of the mathematics department and his academic advisor in ensuring his language requirements would be met. Li’s extra hours will go back to his general education and elective options. He plans to use the extra time to take courses in history and political science. Unnold stressed that students do not have to be international in order to qualify for language credit. “I call them multilingual students; it doesn’t matter if they come from abroad,” Unnold said. “The bottom line is: they speak more than one language.” The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides a neutral testing basis from which to evaluate students’ existing language skills in Spanish, French, or German. German Vasquez, a sophomore radiology major of Santa Rosa, Texas, took advantage of the CLEP opportunity. Vasquez was able to bypass several Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses, nearly all the way to Advanced. “I really saved myself some time there. Dr. Unnold came to my Making Connections class and encouraged me to take it,” Vasquez said. As a native of a Texas town bordering Mexico, Vasquez had expensive Spanish experience outside of academia. His parents spoke Spanish, but his schoolwork was taught in English. Vasquez plans to enroll in upper-level Spanish courses to improve his formal language skills in addition to his conversational abilities. “I may just end up minoring
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Newsbriefs Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Minori Ojima, a sophomore excise science of Japan, and Sachika Aoyama, a freshman communication studies major of Japan, study from their Spanish textbook together after a class.
in Spanish,” Vasquez said. “I really do want to strengthen my Spanish and make it stronger.” Even students who are already proficient in a second language can benefit from additional language education, according to Unnold. “We are preparing professionals, we are not preparing secondary or elementary school kids,” Unnold said. Sayumi Tamada, a senior marketing major of Ise, Japan, voluntarily took courses in Mandarin Chinese while it was still offered by the university to supplement her existing language skills in Japanese and English. Though Tamada was not required to take the Chinese courses, she feels the additional nine credit hours enhanced her ability to communicate with people across a wider language spectrum. “Compared to American people, I think it was easier for me to learn Chinese,” Tamada said. While she does not feel completely fluent in either of her additional languages, English or Chinese, Tamada hopes having nearly trilingual experience will help her achieve her dream job of working in publishing. She plans to return to Japan following her graduation this spring. Unnold said of the language department, “We want to give students skills that will truly
make a difference.” Any of the three languages offered by the department, Spanish, French or German, can help contribute to a balanced education. Vasquez said of Spanish, “I think it is very important (to learn) because nowadays you see more Hispanics here every day. It opens you up to a world of different cultures.” Multilingual skills are continuing to increase in importance as world business becomes more globalized and international communication becomes more common. Unnold said students should begin their foreign language studies as early in their academic careers as possible, as most majors indicate language coursework should be completed within the first two years of study. The world languages and cultures department offers a free online placement exam available through their website, http://languages.astate. edu. The placement exam allows language students to be placed in a course corresponding to their current skill level. Tamada, speaking from a different angle on foreign language education, said, “If American people can speak multiple languages, then Japanese people are not needed in America. So I hope Americans speak only one language.”
• The ASU Art Student Union will host a Fall Bake Sale Oct. 16 in the Fine Arts Building lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and cider for $1 and caramel and candy apples for $2. • The Athletic Department has a BLACK TONER IM5530/6030/72/8530 and a 6657 BLACK TONER available to anyone that would like them. If interested, please contact Caroline Williams at 870-972-3876. • Come eat at Bluecoast Burrito (on Stadium) Oct. 15 from 5-8:30 p.m. and support the Physical Therapy Student Association. Ten percent of the profits will be donated.
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A-State takes homecoming victory over Vandals Develops new dynamic in “Big 3” RANDALL SHARP SPORTS WRITER
Sean Fox | Staff Photographer Sophomore wide receiver J.D. McKissic of Phenix City, Ala. records his first and only touchdown of the game during the first quarter after a diving catch for 13 yards, putting Arkansas State up 14-7. The Red Wolves beat the Vandals 48-24 Saturday night and will begin conference play against ULL next Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Volleyball team sweeps Texas trip AARON LEAGUE SPORTS WRITER
The volleyball team is one that really can’t be called successful in taking down opponents with ease. What has made the lady Red Wolves successful however, is heart and it showed this past weekend. A week after what Head Coach David Rehr deemed an “embarrassing loss” to ULL, the Lady Red Wolves took to the road to battle Sun Belt foes Texas State and the University of Texas-Arlington on Friday and Saturday night. On Friday, the Red Wolves dropped their first two matches by scores of 24-26 and 21-25 before rallying to win the next three by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 15-12. Despite the slow start in dropping the first two sets, A-State came out strong in those first two sets, jumping out to a lead of six points on four occasions in the first set. In the second set, the Red Wolves and Bobcats clawed to a 22-22 tie before the Bobcats reeled off three straight to take the second set. From there, A-State faced a 5-1 deficit early in the third set before taking a 10-8 lead.
After the Bobcats responded by going up 13-10, the third set would go back and forth until ASU ended the set on a 7-5 run, capped by a junior Sarah Kemp kill. Though Texas State attempted to rally, the Red Wolves would clinch the fourth set 25-20 before finishing off the Bobcats in the fifth and final set. “Tonight was a total team effort,” Rehr said. “Even though we dropped the first two sets of the match, we fought hard in both of them and I’m proud of the effort throughout the match. This was a huge conference road win.” For the Red Wolves, freshman Mallory Warrington helped lead the way by posting 28 assists and posting 11 digs to earn her first double-double. Senior Sadie Clark posted a team high 18 kills in the match, while Kemp and senior Kelsey Sullivan recorded 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Megan Baska led the way defensively, posting 22 digs, while freshman Markie Schaedig recorded 20 digs. The Lady Red Wolves finished with 13 total team blocks. Saturday would prove to be a different tale. Arkansas State
and UT-Arlington would battle each other tooth and nail before the Red Wolves eventually came away with a 25-23, 17-25, 27-25, 13-25, 15-13 victory. After splitting the first four sets, the Red Wolves would start the fifth set up 7-4 after a Clark kill. The Mavericks would cut the ASU lead to 14-13, but Sarah Kemp would end the match with a kill to give the Red Wolves their second straight Sun Belt Conference win. The sweep moves the lady Red Wolves to 9-12 overall, 5-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. The 5-2 conference record puts them in second place in the standings. At the top, WKU and UALR are tied for the conference lead at 6-0. All five conference victories have gone the full five sets. “I’m so proud to get a road sweep,” Rehr said. “I know we do not make it easy on ourselves but battling for conference wins shows our level of dedication and heart in our players and our program.” The Lady Red Wolves will return to action on Friday, Oct. 18th when they host the ULM Warhawks at the Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
The A-State football team was victorious in their Homecoming game versus the Idaho Vandals, winning in convincing fashion, 48-24. Right out of the gate the Red Wolves were aggressive, as senior quarterback Adam Kennedy threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Julian Jones. On their next drive sophomore wide receiver J.D McKissic made an ESPN Top 10 worthy diving catch in the first quarter for a 13 yard touchdown. The first quarter was plagued by penalties for the Red Wolves; they accumulated 6 penalties for 55 yards. The team led by a touchdown at the end of the first quarter 14 to 7. In the second quarter, senior kicker Bryan Davis nailed a 38 yard field goal to increase the Red Wolves lead to 17 to 7. Later in the quarter, Kennedy threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Darion “Griz” Griswold. A-State led the Vandals 24 to 7 at halftime. Coach Harsin asked his team rhetorical questions in the locker room during halftime to motivate his players to push harder in the second half. “What do you want? What’s this mean to you? What are we going to do to get it done? It wasn’t a big rah rah speech it was personal,” Harsin said. “What are you willing to do to accomplish the goal we
set out to accomplish tonight? Those guys were good they understood what we needed to get done.” In the third quarter, Kennedy connected with Griswold again for his second receiving touchdown. Kennedy threw an interception in the third quarter, which was picked off by Vandals’ Trey Williams and returned for 37 yards. Idaho would not go quietly as quarterback Taylor Davis threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Epps, to trim the lead to 31 to 17. In the fourth quarter, the Vandals made a surprising comeback after Idaho running back James Baker punched it in the red zone for a 1 yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 31 to 24. The momentum was in the Vandals favor, until McKissic returned a 98 yard kick for a touchdown. The return was the longest in A-State history since 2001 when James Higgenbottom returned a kick for 93 yards. Davis kicked a field goal to extend the lead 41 to 24. Senior running back David Oku put the nail in the coffin by rushing for a 3 yard touchdown with 2 minutes and 39 seconds left in regulation. Idaho’s Davis threw an interception to sophomore defensive back Rocky Hayes who returned it for 43 yards. Overall, the Red Wolves running game was solid; senior running back Sirgregory Thornton ran the ball for 85 yards on 13 carries.
Oku had a solid game also, rushing for 69 yards on 17 carries, and a touchdown. Jones finished the night with 4 receptions, 135 yards, and a touchdown. Mckissic had a good game with a team and game high 9 receptions, 80 yards, and a touchdown. Griswold had a big game for not only the Red Wolves but for himself, corralling 5 receptions, 89 yards, and a career and team high 2 touchdowns. Kennedy played a phenomenal game throwing for 375 yards on 22 out of 32 pass attempts, 4 touchdowns, and interception. When the question arose about Kennedy and his receivers resembling the Atlanta Falcons Big 4, he was optimistic in his response. “I’d sure like to think so,” Kennedy said. “I’m sure these guys wish I was I him. I can see the dynamic that’s going on here, and we’re excited about it. If we can continue to score in the red zone we’re going to put up points on everybody.” The “Big 3” of McKissic, Griswold, and Jones combined for 18 receptions, 308 yards, and 4 touchdowns. “I think you see that balance in there,” Harsin said. “Now you see “Griz” step into this mix and that’s another weapon.” The Red Wolves resume conference play at home against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Oct. 22 at Liberty Bank Stadium.
Rugby Club participates in annual Alumni Game
Paige Walker | Staff Photographer The Rugby Club’s 15’s team fell to their alumni 38-19 in the 2013 Alumni Game this Saturday at the Rugby pitch. The 7’s team will compete this weekend, Oct. 19 at the Allied Rugby Conference in Norman, Okla.
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